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Sweet dreams are made of this!

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Manager Louise Ingabire in Rwanda's Inzozi Nziza – or Sweet Dreams.

TV Watch with Dave O’Connell

There are many reasons we should cherish TG4 as a television channel – and fostering a love of the Irish language is only one of them.

Just as important is the fact that it provides a platform for documentary makers to air their work – work that wouldn’t get a look-in on RTÉ with its diet of UK and Aussie imported soaps – bringing them to an audience that would otherwise be denied the privilege.

And then there’s a third reason: because once in a while they throw up a documentary from some other far-flung place – often under its Fiorsceal umbrella – that brings you a story, serious or uplifting, that would never have made it into the mainstream.

Last week’s offering in the Fiorsceal slot was called Sweet Dreams, and it was a powerful and moving story based around a group of women who’d experienced the genocide in Rwanda in a variety of ways . . . and now they wanted to open an ice cream shop. There were many obstacles to overcome, most obviously the problems with guaranteed electricity in a country not amenable to storing ice cream without refrigeration.

But they’d overcome their biggest problem much earlier in this process, because these women were from both sides of the ethnic divide that exploded down the middle in 1994 when more than 800,000 Tutsis were butchered and raped by the rampaging Hutus in one of the worst atrocities the world has ever endured.

Among these women were some who lost everything – family, home and future – and others whose parents, husbands, relations had carried out this barbarism.

They came together to meet and see if they could find something to pull them from the wreckage – and that something turned out to be drumming, an art that was previously off-limits to females on the basis that the drums were deemed too heavy for them to handle.

Kiki Katese had worked for many years in theatre and drama and she was the one who decided to start Ingoma Nshya, and to open it up to women from both sides of the conflict. There was only one requirement – to leave the categories of the past at the gate.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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No shortage of musical stars to dazzle at Claregalway Castle

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Lisa Hannigan...star turn at Claregalway Castle.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

This weekend a host of top acts will flock to Claregalway Castle for a weekend – not just of live music, but also a chance for attendees to enjoy a unique opportunity to see artists collaborate and workshop songs together. It’s the latest chapter in the spiralling story of Hibernacle, a project that has proven very successful through its eclectic range of artist-focused events and programmes since its launch shortly before Christmas of last year.

The brainchild of three of Ireland’s most established event-organisers in Pearse Doherty, Úna Molloy and Peter Kelly, it began as an attempt to reimagine the traditional format for Irish music festivals. Having experienced the value of collaborative sets and workshops abroad, the three set about employing similar techniques in their early projects.

The Saturday and Sunday sees Claregalway Castle play host to Hibernacle: Meet Me at the Castle. So far, the line-up includes Lisa Hannigan, Tolü Makay, Saint Sister and Jape. Collaboration remains very much at the heart of the occasion allowing music fans the chance to see these top stars workshop new songs together.

“It started with myself and Úna,” Pearse says of Hibernacle. “We had this notion a few years ago of trying to do something that involved more than just people coming and playing at a festival.

“I had a lot of experience of touring in America with the Saw Doctors and a lot of festivals would have collaborative stages or workshops in the woods and stuff. It’s a little bit different than what we saw here.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Old and new meet in ‘Side by Side’ at Clifden Arts Festival

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Running Dogs, a hand coloured lino print by Kathleen Furey from Side by Side.

Side by Side, an exhibition of paintings, print and collage by local artist Kathleen Furey, is taking place during the Clifden Arts Festival, which opened this Wednesday and is running until Thursday, September 23.  It’s in the gallery beside Hedz in the Courtyard of the Station House Hotel.

The title, Side by Side, comes from a newspaper article from October, 1920 about an incident from the War of Independence when British Auxiliary forces dragged Kathleen’s paternal grandfather, Patrick, and his brother, Michael, from their home at Gurrane in Oranmore as part of a series of night-time raids that took place in Galway around that time. The incident was covered by the Connacht Tribune and the Times of London

For the work in this exhibition, Kathleen has taken words and images from sketch books, newspaper reports, and historical documents, as well as poetry and song and combined these texts with her own skills of printmaking and painting to produce mixed media works on paper and board. Her hand-coloured lino prints and paintings on board are based on images which her grandfather drew in the late 1970s and 1980s, towards the end of his life, drawings which reflected Patrick’s experiences and interests.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Celebrating creativity from Inishbofin to Ballinalsoe

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Textile work by Fiona Ormsby which is being shown in Ballinasloe Town Hall as part of the UNBOUND exhibition.

Culture Night in the county will include UNBOUND – an exhibition from the Ballinasloe arts collective, Group 8. Running all day at Ballinasloe Town Hall Theatre, it features writing, paintings, wood-turning, textiles, ceramics, mixed media and sculpture, all inspired by living through Covid-19.

‘Let’s go outside – art, culture and music at Ballyglunin’s Quiet Man Station’ will feature the Barcelo Brothers, a young band whose zydeco music is infused with R&B. Reggae, soul and funk

There will be live comedy at Athenry Heritage Centre with ‘Retreat! Meet the characters’, from Aoibheann McCann’s play Retreat.

Culture Shock, an interactive evening of audio-visual, spoken word and musical discovery is also happening at the Heritage Centre as is a face-painting workshop.

Local artist Aideen Monaghan is inviting people into her studio to view her work and to take part in creative workshops.

The young musicians of Athenry Music School Sinfonietta will present Raymond Deane’s A Baroque Session (with Carolan and Friends). They’ll be joined by violinists Séamus McGuire and Niamh Crowley and violist Kenneth Rice from the West Ocean String Quartet, with guest cellist Adrian Mantu. The performance is conducted by Claregalway conductor Sinead Hayes.

This Thursday night, ahead of the day itself, LIttle John Nee’s show, Bouncing Off The Walls, will be at Athenry Heritage Centre.

The local Skylark Centre, which nurtures creativity in people with disabilities, will present an artwork, Just keep Swimming, in the centre’s large windows. Facing the road, these will be transformed into an aquarium showing a range of underwater sea life. This was inspired by Covid and how everyone has been ‘living in a fishbowl’.

Loughrea Community Radio will present an evening of live music, drama, poetry and interviews, while the Abbey Community Centre will have a trad session with South-East Comhaltas.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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